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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,249
    edited January 2020
    Funny you mention the EV XOs... some day... I am gonna get up the gumption to configure & try these on the Frankenaltecs...

    44483319062_904cddcd3e_b.jpgEV XOs by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    fully analog, though, are these.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,535
    edited January 2020
    Very nice, I like the design. How's the action/noise of the slot loading CD mechanism? Is it quiet?

    Edit: Pretty tidy design inside too:

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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,415
    I bet it was Mike. LOL

    Nice.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,069
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Very nice, I like the design. How's the action/noise of the slot loading CD mechanism? Is it quiet?

    Edit: Pretty tidy design inside too:

    6000CDT-inside.jpg

    Drew, It has a 'slight' mechanical noise when loading the Disc, and I mean ever so slight. During operation it is extremely quiet, dead quiet.

    I was a little leery of a 'Slot Loader', but all the Reviews I've read stated that this is not an issue. It's the same mechanism that Audiolab uses in their top player.

    I did something I normally don't do, and purchased a Two Year Extended Warranty, just in case.

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,108
    edited January 2020
    Wardsweb wrote: »
    This weekend I replaced the fans in my Behringer amp with some from Artic Ice. The factory fans had a 45dB noise level. The new ones are 15dB. I also painted it black (it was silver). I didn't take a before picture, so here is one I cropped out of an older picture.

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    How easy was installing the fans? Do you happen to have a link to where you got yours? I have a NX3000 and it sits behind the couch where my subs are. They fans are so noisey I cant run YPAO calibration with this amp on. I have to set the amp out side the room and run a longer speaker wire. Its ridiculous.

    That black paint job you gave it really makes it look a lit better. Nice job.
  • Wardsweb
    Wardsweb Posts: 872
    Hey CH46E, your moniker gave me flash backs of cross decking. The good old days of "shitters" and "frogs". Anyway, I will send you a link and pictures of the change. It is really easy.
    Living room: Clearaudio Champion II turntable, EAR 834P phono pre, Auralic Altair DAC/server, PS Audio Quintessence power, DIY 6H30 Class A Linestage, ASL AQ1006 845 DT MKII mono block amplifers, DIY Altec/JBL speakers, DIY Baltic birch rack
    Sun room: DIY Nelson Pass B1 w/Korg NuTube pre, Technics SL-1700 turntable, DIY Anaview d-class mono block amplfiers, JBL C50 Olympus speakers with custom Smith horns, Mapleshade Samson rack
    Den: Onkyo TX-NR929 receiver, Oppo BDP-103 player, Behringer EP 4000 sub amp, Electrovoice DX-38 active, DIY EL-34 horn amp, Behringer NU6000 bass amp, Klipsch Jubilee speakers, Martin Logan Cinema center, JBL SAT2 surrounds, Danley DTS-10 sub
    Dining room: Pro-Ject RPM 1 turntable, Shanling CD-T1500 SACD, Sumo Athena pre, SST Ampzilla 2000 amps, Quad 2905 speakers
  • TEAforONE
    TEAforONE Posts: 602
    I've been using an OPPO UDP-203 as a Transport into my DAC for a couple of years. I decided to sell the 203, as used prices are quite good it seems.

    I replaced the OPPO with an Audiolab 6000CDT. This unit is strictly a CD Transport with no Internal DAC.

    Right out of the box, the 6000CDT is head and shoulders above the playback I was getting from the OPPO. Very pleased so far :)

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    Very clean and elegant looking. I've heard great things about the Audiolab transports. Enjoy!

    Ray
    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Promitheus Audio,April Music,Wyred4sound ,Bluesound,Pro-Ject,Onkyo,Graham Chartwell,Nola,Hornshoppe,HSU Research.
  • I've been using an OPPO UDP-203 as a Transport into my DAC for a couple of years. I decided to sell the 203, as used prices are quite good it seems.

    I replaced the OPPO with an Audiolab 6000CDT. This unit is strictly a CD Transport with no Internal DAC.

    Right out of the box, the 6000CDT is head and shoulders above the playback I was getting from the OPPO. Very pleased so far :)

    40d0a8jw1yzv.jpg
    I debated between the 6000CDT and the CXC. I liked the servo concept in the CXC, and once they had the closeout prices hit I decided it was time to jump on it.
    The fact that they also put out a "new" version that is exactly the same as the previous version also gave me confidence given that they were moving forward with the existing design.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Cambridge CXC / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > Rosso Fiorentino Certaldo or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,535
    Both good transport options in the ~$500 range. I would love to compare them back to back to see if I could hear any difference between them.
  • halo
    halo Posts: 5,614
    edited January 2020
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Both good transport options in the ~$500 range. I would love to compare them back to back to see if I could hear any difference between them.

    You could reach out to them for a review sample
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,535
    edited January 2020
    Meh. I'd rather review the Luxman L-590AXII.

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    http://www.luxman.com/product/detail.php?id=1

    30wpc pure Class A!
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,069
    I've been using an OPPO UDP-203 as a Transport into my DAC for a couple of years. I decided to sell the 203, as used prices are quite good it seems.

    I replaced the OPPO with an Audiolab 6000CDT. This unit is strictly a CD Transport with no Internal DAC.

    Right out of the box, the 6000CDT is head and shoulders above the playback I was getting from the OPPO. Very pleased so far :)

    40d0a8jw1yzv.jpg
    I debated between the 6000CDT and the CXC. I liked the servo concept in the CXC, and once they had the closeout prices hit I decided it was time to jump on it.
    The fact that they also put out a "new" version that is exactly the same as the previous version also gave me confidence given that they were moving forward with the existing design.

    Yes, my choice was between these two also. They both have good reviews and support. It seems like there is not much available out there besides them, until you get into the 2-4K range.

    I'd love to have a Jay's Transport, but can't stand the Tariff ;)
    treitz3 wrote: »
    I bet it was Mike. LOL

    Nice.

    Tom

    Ha! Yes, I picked up the the OPPO simply because of it's Die-Hard Disc Mechanism. I never inserted a DVD into it, strictly used it as a Transport.

    Didn't know what I was missing...until I did.

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • I've been using an OPPO UDP-203 as a Transport into my DAC for a couple of years. I decided to sell the 203, as used prices are quite good it seems.

    I replaced the OPPO with an Audiolab 6000CDT. This unit is strictly a CD Transport with no Internal DAC.

    Right out of the box, the 6000CDT is head and shoulders above the playback I was getting from the OPPO. Very pleased so far :)

    40d0a8jw1yzv.jpg
    I debated between the 6000CDT and the CXC. I liked the servo concept in the CXC, and once they had the closeout prices hit I decided it was time to jump on it.
    The fact that they also put out a "new" version that is exactly the same as the previous version also gave me confidence given that they were moving forward with the existing design.

    Yes, my choice was between these two also. They both have good reviews and support. It seems like there is not much available out there besides them, until you get into the 2-4K range.

    I'd love to have a Jay's Transport, but can't stand the Tariff ;)
    treitz3 wrote: »
    I bet it was Mike. LOL

    Nice.

    Tom

    Ha! Yes, I picked up the the OPPO simply because of it's Die-Hard Disc Mechanism. I never inserted a DVD into it, strictly used it as a Transport.

    Didn't know what I was missing...until I did.

    Yeah, Marvin has the Jays and it is killer. I just don't spin CDs enough to justify the cost.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Cambridge CXC / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > Rosso Fiorentino Certaldo or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,298
    I've been using an OPPO UDP-203 as a Transport into my DAC for a couple of years. I decided to sell the 203, as used prices are quite good it seems.

    I replaced the OPPO with an Audiolab 6000CDT. This unit is strictly a CD Transport with no Internal DAC.

    Right out of the box, the 6000CDT is head and shoulders above the playback I was getting from the OPPO. Very pleased so far :)

    40d0a8jw1yzv.jpg

    Since the same digital file from the CD is going to the DAC from either the Oppo or the Audiolab what exactly is the difference in sound?
    Lumin X1 file player
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on source, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,069
    BlueFox wrote: »
    I've been using an OPPO UDP-203 as a Transport into my DAC for a couple of years. I decided to sell the 203, as used prices are quite good it seems.

    I replaced the OPPO with an Audiolab 6000CDT. This unit is strictly a CD Transport with no Internal DAC.

    Right out of the box, the 6000CDT is head and shoulders above the playback I was getting from the OPPO. Very pleased so far :)

    40d0a8jw1yzv.jpg

    Since the same digital file from the CD is going to the DAC from either the Oppo or the Audiolab what exactly is the difference in sound?

    That certainly seems to be the consensus, that any Transport is just delivering the same X's & O's. But, the Audiolab is revealing much more information from every CD I've loaded into it.

    Better dynamics, space, livelier, realism comes to mind. The overall presentation is larger in scale than compared to the OPPO. The 16/44 CD's are rivaling some Hi Res files I've played with.

    I can't explain it very well, I just know what I'm hearing is the best Digital that I've experienced in my setup to date.



    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,415
    edited January 2020
    It's akin to changing out a cartridge on an LP player.

    That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,298
    BlueFox wrote: »
    I've been using an OPPO UDP-203 as a Transport into my DAC for a couple of years. I decided to sell the 203, as used prices are quite good it seems.

    I replaced the OPPO with an Audiolab 6000CDT. This unit is strictly a CD Transport with no Internal DAC.

    Right out of the box, the 6000CDT is head and shoulders above the playback I was getting from the OPPO. Very pleased so far :)

    40d0a8jw1yzv.jpg

    Since the same digital file from the CD is going to the DAC from either the Oppo or the Audiolab what exactly is the difference in sound?

    That certainly seems to be the consensus, that any Transport is just delivering the same X's & O's. But, the Audiolab is revealing much more information from every CD I've loaded into it.

    Better dynamics, space, livelier, realism comes to mind. The overall presentation is larger in scale than compared to the OPPO. The 16/44 CD's are rivaling some Hi Res files I've played with.

    I can't explain it very well, I just know what I'm hearing is the best Digital that I've experienced in my setup to date.



    Thanks. I think the issue is how accurate the laser reads the pits, and non pits. I seem to remember reading more accurate reading reduces jitter.
    Lumin X1 file player
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on source, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,415
    Then you have the clock differential and a slew of other things that can affect sound quality. Everything affects everything.

    You remember Amir, right? He got into all that jazz. I could care less but he did know about these kinds of things. All I care about is the end result as to what hits these ears.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,069
    BlueFox wrote: »
    BlueFox wrote: »
    I've been using an OPPO UDP-203 as a Transport into my DAC for a couple of years. I decided to sell the 203, as used prices are quite good it seems.

    I replaced the OPPO with an Audiolab 6000CDT. This unit is strictly a CD Transport with no Internal DAC.

    Right out of the box, the 6000CDT is head and shoulders above the playback I was getting from the OPPO. Very pleased so far :)

    40d0a8jw1yzv.jpg

    Since the same digital file from the CD is going to the DAC from either the Oppo or the Audiolab what exactly is the difference in sound?

    That certainly seems to be the consensus, that any Transport is just delivering the same X's & O's. But, the Audiolab is revealing much more information from every CD I've loaded into it.

    Better dynamics, space, livelier, realism comes to mind. The overall presentation is larger in scale than compared to the OPPO. The 16/44 CD's are rivaling some Hi Res files I've played with.

    I can't explain it very well, I just know what I'm hearing is the best Digital that I've experienced in my setup to date.



    Thanks. I think the issue is how accurate the laser reads the pits, and non pits. I seem to remember reading more accurate reading reduces jitter.

    That sounds good and certainly makes sense to me :D

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 22,892
    Chasing ones and zeros can be every bit as involved and expensive as spinning vinyl...
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  • classic carl
    classic carl Posts: 638
    edited January 2020
    I listened to mine.

    I'm away from home at our condo in Florida for the winter. The "Presidential" system that I brought with me consists of a Franklin Audio IA150 power amp, a Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-09, a pair of Polk RT55i speakers and a Squeezebox Touch playing lossless files from my laptop. I have almost 900 CDs ripped to the laptop. Everything but the speakers will come home with me in the spring.

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    Main System:
    Proton AA-1150 ~ Yamaha C-4 ~ Furman Elite-15 DMi ~ Sennheiser HD600 ~ Monitor Audio Silver RS8 & FB210 ~ Martin Logan Dynamo ~ Teac R-919X ~ Marantz CD5003 ~ Squeezebox Classic ~ Music Hall dac25.2 ~ Dual 1229/Acutex M312 III STR ~ Music Hall mmf-5.1/Goldring 1012GX ~ Music Hall Cruise Control 2.0 ~ Optonica RP-7705/AT-3500S/ATN12S ~ NAD PP 3i

    Home Theater:
    LG 47GA6400 ~ Yamaha RX-V800 ~ Furman Elite-15 DMi ~ Marantz DV6001 ~ EPI 180 ~ EPI M90 ~ Polk Audio CS400i ~ (2) Polk Audio PSW450

  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,069
    I listened to mine.

    I'm away from home at our condo in Florida for the winter. The "Presidential" system that I brought with me consists of a Franklin Audio IA150 power amp, a Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-09, a pair of Polk RT55i speakers and a Squeezebox Touch playing lossless files from my laptop. I have almost 900 CDs ripped to the laptop. Everything but the speakers will come home with me in the spring.

    Sounds like a nice Winter Home Setup, I still have my RT55i's, they are doing duty as the Mains in our modest HT Setup.

    btw, we have our eyes set on Florida Winters in a few years when my wife retires. I hope to live long enough :)

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,589
    Added another one of these Furutech flux 50's. Now I have one on each amp :)
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  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 1,821
    @motorstereo How much and what has been your observations with respect to how your system sounds? I haven't done any power cords or outlets even in my system. Not sure if its the lowest hanging fruit in my system yet.
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, all std. mods (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Crown D150 amp
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • treitz3 wrote: »
    It's akin to changing out a cartridge on an LP player.

    That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

    Tom
    I totally agree with this concept and the result being aligned with @Mike Reeter's feedback.
    There is also a factor of electrical noise, vibrations, etc. All things that you don't really hear, but as you eliminate those noise factors, you increase dynamics, space, etc.

    I personally do not like the Xs and Os argument. A very rudimentary analogy would be reading. Imagine a 5 year old, a 10 year old, and a well read adult all trying to read Green Eggs and Ham aloud. They'll all get through it. They are all working with the same Xs and Os. But the 5 year old is going to have more pauses (jitter). The 10 year old is going to be faster, but likely with less vocal inflection and proper pausing (PRAT and dynamics), and the adult will read the story with the appropriate speed and inflections.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Cambridge CXC / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > Rosso Fiorentino Certaldo or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,069
    Added another one of these Furutech flux 50's. Now I have one on each amp :)
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    This is new to me, I'm assuming the Filter cleans up your power? Seems like you a have Dedicated Circuit for your setup.

    Care to elaborate?

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • I listened to mine.

    I'm away from home at our condo in Florida for the winter. The "Presidential" system that I brought with me consists of a Franklin Audio IA150 power amp, a Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-09, a pair of Polk RT55i speakers and a Squeezebox Touch playing lossless files from my laptop. I have almost 900 CDs ripped to the laptop. Everything but the speakers will come home with me in the spring.

    Sounds like a nice Winter Home Setup, I still have my RT55i's, they are doing duty as the Mains in our modest HT Setup.

    btw, we have our eyes set on Florida Winters in a few years when my wife retires. I hope to live long enough :)

    The RT55i pair were in my HT system, but I replaced them with the Paradigm towers in my signature. They were the largest pair I was able to fit in the SUV for the trip down here.
    Main System:
    Proton AA-1150 ~ Yamaha C-4 ~ Furman Elite-15 DMi ~ Sennheiser HD600 ~ Monitor Audio Silver RS8 & FB210 ~ Martin Logan Dynamo ~ Teac R-919X ~ Marantz CD5003 ~ Squeezebox Classic ~ Music Hall dac25.2 ~ Dual 1229/Acutex M312 III STR ~ Music Hall mmf-5.1/Goldring 1012GX ~ Music Hall Cruise Control 2.0 ~ Optonica RP-7705/AT-3500S/ATN12S ~ NAD PP 3i

    Home Theater:
    LG 47GA6400 ~ Yamaha RX-V800 ~ Furman Elite-15 DMi ~ Marantz DV6001 ~ EPI 180 ~ EPI M90 ~ Polk Audio CS400i ~ (2) Polk Audio PSW450

  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,589
    Added another one of these Furutech flux 50's. Now I have one on each amp :)
    sg5epin591pa.png

    This is new to me, I'm assuming the Filter cleans up your power? Seems like you a have Dedicated Circuit for your setup.

    Care to elaborate?

    Yes the filter cleans up emi and does a good job of it for a passive device according to my emi alpha meter. They're not cheap (like me :) ) and I had been running just a single on my front end for the past year. Being that I already have a good pc with decent emi reduction for the front end I bit the bullet and bought another so now the amps have cleaner power to. Listening to Bonham's drum solo this morning from LZ's How the West was won I'd have to say it's given extra depth to the recording. I don't remember his drums being quite that far back before. More time and more listening is certainly needed.
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